Learning Academy Worldwide (LAWW) was invited by Kgosi Salebe Masibi of Disaneng, South Africa, to collaborate around new possibilities needed to help meet the scourge of youth unemployment and its devastating repercussions.
LAWW’s first contact with the region started back in 2009 with the M-Ubuntu mobile learning project it initiated and managed at the school, which is named after Kgosi Mogakolodi Masibi.
Throughout the last few years, Learning Academy Worldwide and Kgosi Salebe Masibi have maintained their interactions around the Wisehub summits, keeping the dream alive to strengthen, embolden and emancipate young people and their families in the Disaneng region..
This year that collaboration extends into new projects and initiatives that will draw from the experiences of the past, focus on research, locate projects based on reliable data and invest in leadership development as key to sustainable interventions.
Disaneng is a 177 km² sized village 35km west from Mahikeng in the North West Province of South Africa. Most renowned in the region is the Disaneng Dam, described as “an earth-fill type dam on the Molopo River”. Adjacent to the dam, on the Disaneng Village side is the Mafikeng Yacht Club. In August 2018 a Twitter user named @Sentletse with some 190k followers, posted a video falsely claiming it showing the Disaneng Dam. Similar claims via that Twitter account were made in 2019.
It is true that Luxury houses and Chalets can be seen at the Mafikeng Yacht Club and they clearly show off luxury and calm – in stark contrast to the Disaneng communities. Water sports and angling, especially over weekends, are part of the Yacht Club’s activities. There are sections outside of the parameters of the Club that are open to the public.
The collaboration with Learning Academy Worldwide will now build on the legacy of the partnership since 2010 and strategically synchronize efforts involving local learning organizations, entrepreneurial initiatives, small businesses, bigger corporates and NGOs to best meet the priority needs in the Disaneng communities.
Early days of the partnership